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Old 07-31-14, 05:25 PM   #1
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Stewardess allowed to bike commute.

Cool story from back in 1972:
Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space: Bike commuting article from Washington Star, 1972

And a good followup from a local blog:
TheWashCycle: Bike commuting to DCA on the brand new Mount Vernon Trail

Hats off to this lady for being a pioneer in the bike commuting movement.
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Okay, whoever on BF lives near Delaplane, VA need to take Ms. Gilbert-Silva to a LBS and get her a "nice lightweight bicycle"!

I'll pitch in!
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Okay, whoever on BF lives near Delaplane, VA need to take Ms. Gilbert-Silva to a LBS and get her a "nice lightweight bicycle"!

I'll pitch in!
Pretty inspirational post. Good stuff!
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What!!!! No helmet!! (let's not go there)

Seriously, I remember that back then the major battle bike commuters had was convincing people that it was safe. Friends, family, employers and strangers all thought we were taking incredible risks riding on the busy streets. The other battle in many areas was about access, especially at critical junctures. In NYC it was about bridge crossings, and/or construction projects that closed roads where there was no reasonable alternative.

Bicycle advocacy was devoted to winning those battles, demonstrating that bicycling was safe, and gaining access where it was needed.

These days it seems (to me, not stating as a fact) that it's the bicycle advocates that are speaking about the dangers of bicycling.

Plus ca change.
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These days it seems (to me, not stating as a fact) that it's the bicycle advocates that are speaking about the dangers of bicycling.
Eating your own in the name of ideology...
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IMO- that pretty much sums it up.
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